Headlines from HJM: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Maryland House committees advance coronavirus relief act amid bipartisan effort to smooth bill’s passage

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
A pandemic financial aid plan that includes a mix of direct payments, tax breaks and help for businesses is heading toward final approval in the Maryland General Assembly, with negotiations among delegates, senators and Hogan administration officials ongoing to smooth its path.
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Senate Panel Gets to Work on Sweeping Climate Bill

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
A Senate committee on Wednesday began discussions on a sweeping climate action bill, which would require Maryland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% and plant 5 million trees by 2030.
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The first state to pass a police ‘Bill of Rights’ could become the first to repeal it

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Months after George Floyd’s death sparked a national demand to overhaul policing, Maryland lawmakers are launching a historic effort to get rid of police protections such as the bill of rights, a decades-old statute that was the first in the country to codify workplace protections for officers accused of misconduct.
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Legislation would force ICE detention centers to leave Maryland

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland lawmakers heavily debated a bill concerning ICE detention centers on Wednesday, including testimony from a previous detainee who spoke about her experience in a Maryland center.
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Hough Tries New Approach in Bid to End Clean Energy Subsidies for Trash Incinerators

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Senate Minority Whip Michael J. Hough (R-Frederick) tried a new approach Wednesday in his years-long effort to change the official state classification of a controversial renewable energy source.
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Md. House version of virus relief aid becomes ‘anti-poverty’ measure

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The Maryland House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved a pandemic aid bill that expands payments to low-income Marylanders and exempts some who received unemployment benefits from state income taxes.
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Baltimore City partners with higher-education institution to address coronavirus vaccine hesitancy, outreach

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa announced Wednesday a partnership with a handful of the area’s higher-education institutions to create listening sessions and educational materials to help address concerns of vaccine access and hesitancies in the city.
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Maryland moves toward clear plan for paying people who were wrongly convicted

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
The Maryland General Assembly is poised to create a state-mandated system to compensate people who are wrongly convicted and imprisoned, removing barriers to getting paid that exonerees have faced for decades.
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Md. Senate passes bill requiring exonerees be compensated

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A unanimous Maryland Senate passed legislation Wednesday to ensure the wrongly convicted receive financial compensation from the state for their years in prison.
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Baltimore City Council members sound off on incorrect, missing paychecks for city workers; officials hope to fix problem by Feb. 19

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore officials hope to fix by Feb. 19 the city’s ongoing payroll problem that has left more than 1,000 city employees with incomplete or missing paychecks, city finance officials said Wednesday.
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